Lakota Local Schools is proud to welcome its two newest business partners – Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (Liberty Campus) – to its growing portfolio of high school student internships. This brings the district’s total count to 18 local business partners supporting career exploration and regional workforce development among Lakota high school students.
“The biomedical pathway has become a point of emphasis in our curriculum because of the exceptionally high demand for skilled employees and its natural connection to core academic areas like math and science,“ said Lakota Acting Superintendent Robb Vogelmann. “We are fortunate to be part of a community that is literally a destination for medical research and patient care. Beacon Orthopaedics and Cincinnati Children’s are both highly-respected names and allow us to give even more students an opportunity to explore this field before they even graduate high school.”
Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine and The Christ Hospital Health Network actually began their partnership with Lakota through a recent athletic marketing agreement that over the next three years, will provide $3.5 million in services to student-athletes and others benefiting from the use of Lakota’s athletic facilities (see article below for more on this agreement).
“In our new partnership with Lakota, we want to serve more than just student-athletes,” said Beacon’s Chief Executive Officer Andy Blankemeyer. “This internship program is the first step in our commitment to provide high quality educational services to the district. We are excited about this first step and look forward to adding new opportunities for students along with our partners at The Christ Hospital.”
Beacon Orthopaedics will offer its first student internship experience during this spring’s program, consisting of five rotations over multiple days. Specific rotations include: imaging, operating room, rehabilitation services, administration and physician clinical experience.
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital will give students a unique experience in pediatric healthcare this spring, too. Its rotation make-up will include imaging, pharmacy, sterile processing, inpatient nursing units and sports physical therapy.
“Cincinnati Children’s is excited to partner with the Lakota Local School District to provide high school students with opportunities to learn and explore careers in pediatric healthcare, said Cincinnati Children’s Coordinator of Operations Patti Theiss. “This collaboration furthers our commitment to children in our community and growing the healthcare skills needed for today and tomorrow.”